Agricultural Biosciences (Master of Science)
How can we secure the world's food supply? How can we preserve natural resources and mitigate the effects of climate change?
By studying Agricultural Biosciences at the TUM School of Life Sciences, you become an expert with a set of skills needed to address these and other important challenges of our time. The M.Sc. Agricultural Biosciences offers courses in biological disciplines relevant for crop and livestock production. It integrates molecular, biochemical, physiological, genetic and genomic knowledge and quantitative and computational approaches in a unique, interdisciplinary agricultural study program.
Upon graduating from the TUM study program in Agricultural Biosciences, you will be a professional in basic biological research and data science. You will be well versed in a comprehensive spectrum of methods that enables you to address and implement key innovations in agricultural biosciences.
Are you interested in enhancing your knowledge and skills for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science? Then please take a close look at our new study program!
- Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- Standard Duration of Studies (Number of Semesters): 4 semesters (full time), 120 credits
- Start of Degree Program: Winter semester
- Language of Instruction: English (presumed language proficiency: TOEFL with at least 88 points or IELTS with at least 6.5 points)
- Requirements: Bachelor's degree of at least six semesters awarded at a German or foreign university, or at least an equivalent degree in the field of life sciences with a focus on plant and/or animal sciences; these are in particular the study programs Agricultural Sciences, Horticultural Sciences, Life Sciences Biology und Molecular Biotechnology or comparable study programs
- Admission Category: Aptitude assessment for Master
- Main Locations: Freising (Greater Munich area)
- Costs: Student Fees
- Student/Admission Advising: agbio.wzw[at]tum.de
What are the main characteristics of the study program?
Agricultural biosciences offer solutions to major societal challenges. They can make significant contributions to securing food supplies, preserving natural resources, and mitigating the effects of climate change.
This international study program Agricultural Biosciences focuses on basic biological research for an efficient and environmentally friendly agricultural production of crop and livestock species. It aims to understand crop and livestock species from the level of cells up to the whole organism and populations.
In contrast to other master´s programs that have a specialized view on basic research and distinguish between plant and animal science, we at TUM believe that a generic approach is more timely as many biological mechanisms are shared between plants and animals. A strong focus on molecular as well as computational methods reflects the TUM strategy to value innovation as the basis for knowledge.
The M.Sc. Agricultural Biosciences deals with different organisms, namely plants, animals and microbes. The program takes advantage of the synergistic effects created by integrated studies on plant and animal species teaching generic as well as specific biological concepts, methods and tools. It reflects the high level of innovation in agricultural biosciences and prepares graduates for a multi-path career allowing for flexibility and migration in the job market.
AIMS AND CONTENT
What is this study program about?
The M.Sc. Agricultural Biosciences is shaped by the vision of the TUM School of Life Sciences offering a basic, mechanistic understanding of biological processes underlying agricultural crop and livestock production combined with expertise in handling data rich challenges and quantitative data analysis.
What competences and skills do I acquire?
As a graduate in Agricultural Biosciences, you will have a profound knowledge of molecular, biochemical and physiological processes contributing to agricultural production. You are able to optimize processes leading to genetic improvement of crops and livestock. Through knowledge on the genotype-phenotype relationship, you can optimize production environments. Graduates learn how to integrate heterogeneous data from different disciplines, handle large experimental data sets and become proficient in predictive analytics. You can assess molecular and computational methods with respect to their impact and trade-offs in practice and can communicate their relevance for agricultural production in a livable environment.
As a graduate, you will...
- have a profound understanding of the scientific basis of biological processes relevant for agricultural production.
- be able to perform research in the field of Agricultural Biosciences and can link your knowledge and results to other disciplines.
- be aware of societal challenges and demands in the context of Agricultural Biosciences and possess the social skills to communicate across disciplines and cultures.
- have developed your self-competencies for navigating in a changing environment and managing complex projects.
How is the study program structured?
During the first and second semester five compulsory modules - Physiology, Plant and Animal Cell Biology, Immunology: Crop and Livestock Health and Disease, Genetics and Genomics as well as Statistical Computing and Data Analysis - have to be completed. After passing these core courses, students possess solid knowledge in basic biological concepts relevant for agricultural production.
Elective modules are very important in the study program. You can choose from a list of different lab courses that cover either molecular or computational techniques. In addition, the program offers research tool modules that allow for independent study and enable students to perform research in the field of Agricultural Biosciences.
By opening a mobility window in the third semester students are encouraged to gain international study experience through exchange programs such as Erasmus+ or TUMexchange. If approved by the Examination Board you can take up a research internship outside TUM, e.g. with a qualified industry partner or an external research organization.
The fourth semester is devoted to preparing the Master's thesis that concludes the study program. In their thesis, students identify and address a research question in the Agricultural Biosciences by choosing and implementing appropriate molecular, experimental or data methods. The thesis raises your professional profile.
For detailed information on the program's structure and its range of modules, please see the following links:
Upon graduating, you can find employment in the national or international job market, for example at universities, research institutes, in the public sector or in biotech, breeding and life science companies.
Career opportunities also open up in the field of international organizations such as the CGIAR centers, FAO and World Health Organization (WHO).
Furthermore, more and more young scientists with expertise in agricultural biosciences are finding employment in smaller companies and startups in areas such as biotechnology and machine intelligence providing technologies or service to the agricultural sector.
Graduates with combined expertise in molecular biology and quantitative and computational methods are highly sought after in the job market, as the number of graduates does not meet the demand of qualified personnel. It is expected that the demand will increase as molecular methods and machine intelligence will fundamentally change the agricultural sector and increase the demand for research and development.